Yesterday we discussed some of the problems associated with evaluating our LDL test results. We know that an increase in our Triglycerides effects the mathematical calculation of LDL and is also associated with an increase of small dense LDL particles .
We do have another way of evaluating LDL cholesterol .
It is possible to measure a protein , called Apo-b .
Apo-b lipoprotein is an integral part of each LDL particle regardless of it's size.
Recommended Goals 2009
ACC( American college of cardiology )
ADA ( American Diabetes Association )
LDL <100 mg/dl Apo b < 90 mg/dl
LDL < 70 mg/dl Apo b <80 mg/dl
Combining this test with your LDL result is another tool helping you and your doctor reduce your risk of heart disease.
What is non-HDL cholesterol ? Find out tomorrow .
Have fun. Dr. Calder